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AAMA Document Revision details aluminum care, handling processes.

Press Release Summary:

May 09, 2012 - Available for download, on CD, and in hardcopy, AAMA CW-10-12, "Care and Handling of Architectural Aluminum from Shop to Site," was updated from 2004 version. It provides recommendations for proper care and handling of architectural aluminum products, from mill to fabricator to job site and through to project completion. New features include sections on visual inspections and care after building completion as well as information regarding damage or defects found on aluminum materials.

American Architectural Manufacturers Association - Schaumburg, IL

Original Press Release

AAMA Publishes Care and Handling Manual for Aluminum Products

Press release date: Apr 30, 2012

Schaumburg, Ill. -- AAMA CW-10-12, "Care and Handling of Architectural Aluminum from Shop to Site" has been published by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA). The document was updated from the 2004 version and covers care and handling of architectural aluminum products from mill to fabricator to job site through project completion.

"Fabricated aluminum used in architectural applications is highly susceptible to damage from improper handling, storage, physical contact with other objects and contamination," says Steve Wilkening (Apogee Enterprises/Tubelite Inc.), chair of the AAMA CW-10-04 Review and Update Task Group. "CW-10-12 provides recommendations for proper care and handling to ensure that aluminum products go through the entire manufacturing, finishing, fabrication, delivery and installation phases without incurring damage that could affect performance or appearance."

CW-10-12 was updated to contain new sections on visual inspections and care after building completion, as well as inclusion of information regarding damage or defects found on aluminum materials. Other revisions to the manual include updates to tabletop materials in "Care During Fabrication" and the addition of language regarding necessary precautions to consider in "Care Prior to Building Completion."

Additionally, the section "Finishes for Architectural Aluminum" was removed from the revised CW-10-12 but will be reviewed by AAMA's AMC Anodic/Painted Finishes Task Group for possible inclusion in an updated version of AAMA AFPA-91, "Anodic Finishes/Painted Aluminum."

AAMA CW-10-12, "Care and Handling of Architectural Aluminum from Shop to Site" is available for AAMA members to download at a cost of $20. Non-members may purchase the document at a cost of $60 for download. The specification is also available for purchase on CD and hardcopy. To order AAMA CW-10-12, visit AAMA's Publication Store.

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